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Integrative Complexity
Josh 2014
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This is a cool term: Integrative Complexity. I stumbled onto in in political research, but it's not specific to politics. I had a hard time defining my specialty. I don't handle well a large number of things, but I can handle one or two things that are very complicated.

REF:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrative_complexity

The reason I don't handle large numbers of things well is because I'm slow to load information into working memory, and when I change gears/topics, it completely flushes what I was working on, rather than loading in some side area.

Geeks call this "loss of state", or a cache miss after context switch.

Research shows it takes, on average, 23.25 minutes to resume an activity after being interrupted. Other studies indicate you lose 20% time to context switching per project, based on an 8 hour day. So, 2 projects get 40% each, but 5 projects get only 4% each.

That seems a little extreme, but it's based on programmers, who also have to maintain a large amount of state.

REFS:
https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/devops/2015/03/addressing-the-detrimental-effects-of-context-switching-with-devops.html
https://www.fastcompany.com/944128/worker-interrupted-cost-task-switching
https://blog.codinghorror.com/the-multi-tasking-myth/
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